Lessons from the Twelve Days of Christmas, Part Two

Last week, we began reflecting upon a holiday carol's legend. While the intrigue rumored to influence The Twelve Days of Christmas has been debunked by scholars, we can still benefit from meditating upon the lyrics. Reflecting upon the subject of each stanza as a faith symbol offers us an opportunity to…

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Time-Carving Tips: How to Savor your Holiday

Set priorities. Schedule the best slices first. Variety adds joy. Serve yourself a colorful plate. Set boundaries. Cutting bones dulls the knife. Leave room for dessert. Keep meaningful goals in mind and maintain perspective. Thankfulness and relationships matter. The rest of your holiday activities are just insignificant details.

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Stressless Christmas

Ten dozen cookies with melted green topping Chipped half of my nails, but still need to go shopping Get Presents for everyone, make fudge for the masses Tame wonky-curled hair and get glitter in lashes Suck in my tummy to fit in this skirt Stiletto heels will not strut through that…

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Christmas Traditions

Twas the weeks before Christmas and all through the nation, toddlers' "Why" echoes stirred moms to frustration. "Why do you kiss under missing toes?" "Why must my wrapped presents wait?" "Why put a tree where our couch outta go and lights all over the place?" While annoyed at a tot's redundant…

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Saints of Hallowe’en

"They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. . .Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off…

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Greening the River

Leprechaun impostors frolic along beer-scented streets. Shamrock patterned underwear hangs in the local department stores. Party favors honor the shamrock as a lucky charm, rather than a symbol explaining the Holy Trinity. Tavern patrons cheer St. Paddy without praising his evangelism. Most cities celebrate St. Patrick's day with little regard for the…

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Dreams Beyond Common Notions

Children's sleighbell dreams dissolved from their slumber last night. Sugarplum visions faded before bedtime. A cacophony of wishes  from young lips and old circled the globe this season. The fortunate celebrated their satisfaction, while others clutched the pangs of unfulfillment on their way to bed. Seasonal anticipation shrivels with a turn…

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No Wishes like Snow Wishes

Balmy breezes tickle the green lawns across my Florida neighborhood. Doughy cumulus clouds yawn and stretch until their shapes break. Puffs drift west across the iris-blue sky to visit their reflections in the bay. We could drive to meet them at the shoreline and fashion sugary sand into boulders. Sandmen wear…

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The Fixings

LED strands wind through plastic branches, grabbing the hooks of metallic globes. Cinnamon sticks plunk into tidy rows of cider mugs. Cookies huddle onto platters and store shelves brim over with packages. Christhannukwanzolidays strode into our community, complete with all the fixings. The trimmings themselves have not cut Christ from Christmas.…

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